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  • FTC to Subpoena Google Over Search Practices Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 10:04 PM ET
    Google

    The Federal Trade Commission is preparing to issue subpoenas to Google as part of a wide-ranging civil antitrust investigation into practices in Google’s search engine business, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The NYT reports.

  • Debt Collectors Ask to Be Paid a Little Respect Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

    Debt collectors like Ms. Rogers are well aware that they are not a sympathetic lot. But now they are saying enough is enough. The trade association that represents them is engaged in an unlikely charm offensive to change their lowly image, while also trying to shape the rules that govern them as they face the prospect of a tough new regulator, the New York Times reports.

  • Federal officials charged with reviewing mergers under antitrust laws will keep working during a government shutdown.

  • Lawmakers examining the Federal Trade Commission’s recommendation for a “do not track” mechanism to restrict the monitoring of Internet users said that they supported stricter safeguards for consumer privacy, but raised questions on how the system would work. The New York Times reports.

  • Agency Proposes ‘Do Not Track’ Option for Web Users Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 2:04 PM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission advocated a plan on Wednesday that lets consumers on the Internet choose whether they want information about their browsing habits to be collected, an option known as “do not track.” The New York Times reports.

  • Obama's Unwise War on Technology Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 12:30 PM ET
    Silicone Chip

    The Obama Administration is waging a silent, unwise war on high-tech, hell-bent on taming a few targets to bolster a get-tough image. The feds’ enmity toward what we’re best at—technology and making money on it—threatens our long-term economic recovery.

  • Google at a Crossroads Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 2:57 PM ET
    Google Search

    For the first time in Google's  short, but colorful and profitable history, the company may be faced with more challenges than opportunities; no where is that concern reflected more clearly than in the company's stock price.

  • How Privacy Vanishes Online Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 11:46 AM ET

    If a stranger came up to you on the street, would you give him your name, Social Security number and e-mail address?

  • Kneale: Hey Feds ... Leave the Blogosphere Alone Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
    Federal Trade Commission

    The Federal Trade Commission has launched a sweeping crackdown on 50 million bloggers and their hidden ties to makers of products they review.

  • Soon, Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 12:21 PM ET
    Close up of someone typing on a laptop.

    For nearly three decades, the Federal Trade Commission’s rules regarding the relationships between advertisers and product reviewers and endorsers were deemed adequate. Then came the age of blogging and social media.

  • New FTC Rule Prohibits Petroleum Market Manipulation Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 10:20 AM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission Thursday issued a final rule that it said will prohibit market manipulation in the petroleum industry.

  • Proposed Consumer Protection Agency Gets Mixed Reviews Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 12:32 PM ET

    The Obama administration has proposed a Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) that would regulate the fees, penalties, and interest rates for consumer products such as credit cards and mortgages. The administration believes this new agency could enforce disclosure, but do American consumers really need a new layer of regulation?

  • "Credit Repair" Companies -- Declined! Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | 6:21 PM ET

    Watch out for so-called "credit repair" companies that claim to be able to work miracles with your credit rating by removing all of the negative items. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

  • Companies Want To Make Your Problem Their Business Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    If you’re one of the many American’s with bad credit, a credit repair service probably sound pretty appealing. But can they really fix your credit? The short answer is no. Here's why.

  • Google Gets Go-Ahead to Buy DoubleClick Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 2:50 PM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission will not block Google's $3.1 billion dollar deal to acquire Internet advertising company DoubleClick.

  • XM Satellite: FTC Closes Inquiry Without Action Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 11:52 AM ET

    XM Satellite Radio Holdings said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission closed its inquiry into XM's marketing and customer service practices without any action.

  • Internet Ad Self-Regulation Isn't Working, FTC Says Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 12:59 PM ET

    Internet advertisers have fallen short of promised self-regulation in respecting Internet users' privacy, a Federal Trade Commission official said, even as one firm, Tacoda, said it decided to refrain from collecting some sensitive information.

  • Intel Corp. plans to respond quickly to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission request for more information on a plan to merge its flash memory chip business with that of Switzerland's STMicroelectronics NV.

  • Big oil companies did not conspire to raise U.S. gasoline prices last summer, as it was high crude oil costs and supply problems that caused the spike in pump prices, government investigators said Thursday.

  • Rio Tinto, the world's third largest miner by revenues, said Monday it has won U.S. antitrust approval for its $38.1 billion (28 billion euros) takeover of Alcan.